LONDON – EnQuest PLC has reached a new safety milestone by recording five years free of lost time incidents (LTI) on drilling operations in the Thistle field in the UK northern North Sea.
The LTI achievement covers a period of major operational activity which saw the company bring Thistle drilling back online to drill its first new wells in 20 years.
EnQuest’s drilling team, supported by a KCA Deutag drill crew, an Aker well services crew, and a range of other offshore contractors have taken Thistle from a rig upgrade through to rig start up, followed by two-and-a-half years of drilling operations involving workovers, side tracks, and the installation of three electrical submersible pumps.
David Heslop, general manager at EnQuest, said: “EnQuest‘s principal aim is to deliver safe results, and this is a great example of how collaboration underpinned by a robust safety culture can achieve exceptional performance safely.
“Over one million man hours have been worked during the five years without an LTI, which is an outstanding achievement under any circumstances but particularly given the challenges our team has faced in bringing Thistle drilling back online.”
The Thistle platform is currently undergoing a program of modifications and upgrades as part of the company’s Late Life Extension strategy to develop sustainable growth through the exploitation of mature fields.